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Play preference of children with ADHD and typically developing children in Brazil : a pilot study

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posted on 2011-12-01, 00:00 authored by L Pfeifer, L Terra, J Ferreira dos Santos, Karen StagnittiKaren Stagnitti, M Panuncio-Pinto
Background/aim: Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have been reported to have play deficits, which can cause problems in occupational development. The aim of this paper was to report research findings on children with ADHD and typically developing children in relation to preference of play partners, play places, toys and type of play.

Methods: Thirty-two school aged children from lowsocioeconomic status were divided into two groups. One group of 16 children with ADHD were matched with 16 typically developing children.

Results and conclusion: There were no significant differences between the two groups in relation to play partners, with classmates being the most frequent play partner for both groups. There were significant differences between the two groups in preferred place to play. Children with ADHD preferred to play in school and typically developing children preferred to play on the street. There were significant differences in relation to toys and type of play engaged in with children with ADHD preferring educational materials and typically developing children preferring electronic games. These findings add to knowledge of Brazilian children with ADHD and their play preferences. Comparisons are made with research with Australian children with and without ADHD.

History

Journal

Australian occupational therapy journal

Volume

58

Issue

6

Pagination

419 - 428

Publisher

Wiley - Blackwell Publishing Asia

Location

Richmond, Vic.

ISSN

0045-0766

eISSN

1440-1630

Language

eng

Notes

Article first published online 23th November 2011

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, The Authors